Reminder that The Arts Council Wichita Falls follows the WFISD for all inclement weather closing.

UPDATE: (Friday, October 9, 2020)

Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

The grounds at The Kemp are open during all open business hours.

We are currently open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing. For classes and camps, students aged 10 and up and all teachers are required to wear masks.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

We provide extensive arts programming and education throughout the year.  From classes to gallery exhibits to special events, our goal is to supports arts and learning in our community.  To see a complete listing of our many programming events, please click the “PROGRAMS” tab above or this link.

FALL CLASSES are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the Education menu tab above!

OUR CURRENT EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.


For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA for all the latest news!

Arts Council WF is at Kemp Center for the Arts (Arts Council Wf).
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October 26th

What a night! 👏 We are so grateful for the support and excitement that was brought to Mystery Art Fest on Friday night! We can't thank our volunteers, artists and staff enough for their hard work and time spent on this incredible event. And of course the art purchasers who support these talented artists!

📸 by Richard Carter
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Arts Council WF was live.
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October 23rd

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Arts Council WF is at Kemp Center for the Arts (Arts Council Wf).
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October 23rd

MYSTERY ART FEST LIVE AUCTION NIGHT TONIGHT
In-Person & Virtual!
Free and open to the public for all who wish to join us.

⏰ 6:30-7:30pm • Last minute silent bidding is open in the gallery
⏰ 8:00pm • Live Auction begins

Livestreaming will begin at 7:30pm and the auction will start promptly at 8:00pm. Video link is available here on our Facebook page or at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81545501171.

For more information, please check artscouncilwf.org.
*Masks and social distancing are encouraged for all who attend.
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October 22nd

Ready, Set, BID! We are gearing up for a fun-filled Live Auction Friday Night and hope you will join us... In-Person or Virtually! If you have already placed a bid or just want to see what all the fuss is about, we encourage you to stop by or tune in. Mystery Art is one of our biggest and most fun nights of the year!

The livestream video will be available on this Facebook page or you can access the direct Zoom link at artscouncilwf.org. Simply text your current bid (or maximum bid) to 972-677-8775. We will reply to confirm as quickly as we can!
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October 21st

Hey, good lookin'... Check out this beauty in Downtown Wichita Falls! We couldn't be more excited about the new Cowboy True bike rack on the corner of 8th and Scott Street, in front of Texoma Community Credit Union. ... See MoreSee Less

August 20th

Texoma Gives is an amazing day of giving and the Arts Council WF is honored to be a part of it. Your donations and contributions support our arts education and programming that reaches the entire community! Please remember us on September 10th!

📲 texomagives.org/organizations/arts-council-wfArts Council WF is participating in #TexomaGives. This nonprofit joins over 200 other nonprofits to raise money on Sept. 10!

Check out why you should donate to them here: https://www.texomagives.org/organizations/arts-council-wf
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August 17th

Did you know that our Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival featured artist is chosen from our Mystery Art exhibit the year prior? Here's a look forward to 2021 and back at 2020!

2021 Featured Artist: Sally Struck
2020 Featured Artist: Cynthia Westbrook

Maybe the piece you enter this year will be the featured piece for 2022! For more info and to apply visit artscouncilwf.org/mystery-art-fest.
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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
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April 15th

SAVE THE DATE! 🗓
The 2021 Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 & 28 and we are already looking forward to seeing you all next spring.

For more info on the show and vendors, please visit homeandgardenwf.org.
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October 21st

Hey, good lookin'... Check out this beauty in Downtown Wichita Falls! We couldn't be more excited about the new Cowboy True bike rack on the corner of 8th and Scott Street, in front of Texoma Community Credit Union. ... See MoreSee Less

October 20th

Cowboy True is getting its very own bike rack in Downtown Wichita Falls tomorrow! Be on the lookout for it on Scott Street in front of the City National Bank building. You'll be able to spot our signature Turquoise blue from down the street! 👀 ... See MoreSee Less

September 9th

Congratulations to Dr. James Ridenour on your winning bid for the Inks Ranch Hunting Package auction! ALL proceeds will be going directly to Whispers of Hope Horse Farm and their goal of PATH Certification. We are so grateful for everyone who bid on this auction item and participated in Cowboy True 2020. ... See MoreSee Less